FRLA Oil Spill Claims
Our attorneys are able to help Florida restaurant owners and other FRLA members file oil spill claims
Our firm's environmental oil spill lawyers can help FRLA members—and other restaurant and hospitality business owners in Florida—with oil spill claims related to the BP disaster. Please complete the form on this page for more information about your legal rights and options.
IMPORTANT: If your livelihood or property has been affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill, contact an attorney before signing job applications, requests for financial reimbursement, or other documents. You may be signing away your legal rights to take part in an oil spill class action lawsuit.
On August 26, 2010, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) announced they were seeking legal help for their membership whose businesses had been impacted by the April 2010 BP oil spill disaster.
Since the oil spill, countless Florida business owners had submitted claims to BP for tourism-related losses, only to find their claims denied, or to receive checks representing only a fraction of their staggering business losses.
Reimbursement claims, which had been previously submitted to BP, will now be administered as part of the $20 billion Gulf Coast Compensation Fund (GCCF). The review of BP oil claims and payment of claims will be overseen by Fund Administrator Kenneth Feinberg.
Our lawyers assist Florida hospitality industry
Perry Weitz, the senior founding partner of our law firm, was present at the August 26, 2010 meeting, where he offered his support to the Florida hospitality industry: “Somebody who's in the middle of Florida or the southern part of Florida is just as damaged as a result of the lack of tourism and the drop in profits as somebody who has oil on their beaches. Unfortunately, BP doesn't recognize this, Mr. Feinberg doesn't recognize this. ... But the law recognizes this."
In order to present their claims as a unified group, the FRLA has chosen Weitz & Luxenberg, along with two other law firms, to assist both FRLA members and non-members to file Gulf oil spill claims with the Gulf Coast Compensation Fund (GCCF).
The FRLA sent a letter to their membership advising business owners of the steps they must take in order to have their claims submitted on their behalf by the law firms. In particular, claimants were instructed to:
Claimants will have the option, after discussing their claim with a law firm representative, to either file a claim or choose to be part of oil spill lawsuits to be filed on behalf of all of the restaurant and hospitality businesses who have suffered financial losses because of BP oil spill-related drops in tourist income.
If your business or family is facing property damage or business interruption by the BP gulf coast oil spill disaster, please complete the form on this page to have your possible lawsuit reviewed by our firm.
A Weitz & Luxenberg representative will contact you as soon as possible.
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